Punakha Ancient festival

Tour Name

Punakha Drubchen Festival

 

Activities

Culture, Festival & Hikes

 

Best Time

Winter

 

Tour Type

Culture & Festival

 

Duration

8 Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Punakha Dromchoe is an annual festival introduced by Zhabdrung, the founder of united Bhutan to commemorate the victories over the Tibetans. During the festival, the ‘pazaps’ or local militia men, dressed in battle gear showcase a battle scene of this distant past recalling the days when in the absence of a standing army, men from the village blocks of Thimphu came forward and managed to expel the Tibetan forces out of the country ushering in a new-found internal peace and stability.

TOUR OUTLINE


Day 1 : Arrive Paro
Day 2 : Paro – Punakha
Day 3: Punakha Dromchoe festival
Day 4 : Punakha – Thimphu
Day 5 : Thimphu
Day 6 : Thimphu - Paro
Day 7 : Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
Day 8 : Depature

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 : Arrive Paro
Druk Airways flight to Bhutan provides during a clear weather the most fascinating view of Himalayan scenery. On arrival at Paro airport, you will be greeted by our representative and transfer to hotel. After lunch, visit Paro Dzong, which was built in 1646, and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and the National Museum. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 2 : Paro – Punakha
Morning drive to Punakha, with a stop en route for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters). The passes are marked by a large Bhutanese Chorten and prayer flag. The pass offers the most spectacular view over the high peaks of the Himalayas on a clear day. En route stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley popularly known as the Devine Madman. If you wish, you may receive a special fertility blessing from a wooden phallus. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Day 3: Punakha Dromchoe festival
After breakfast, you will attend the Punakha Dromchoe festival. Enjoy an annual festival introduced by Zhabdrung to commemorate the victories over the Tibetans. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.

Day 4 : Punakha – Thimphu
After breakfast, you will attend a half day of the Punakha Dromchoe festival. Later in the afternoon, you will drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5 : Thimphu
After breakfast, you will visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), Changgangkha Monastery, nunnery temple, traditional paper factory, majestic Tashichodzong and giant Buddha statue on a hill overlooking Thimphu which is reputed to be the largest bronze Buddha Shakymuni statue in the world. After lunch, you can visit the popular Weekend Market where you can see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. This is perhaps a good opportunity for photography and to mingle with locals who come from the nearby villages to sell their farm products. In the evening, you can stroll in Thimphu City of your own and absorb the lifestyle of the people. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.

Day 6 : Thimphu - Paro
Morning will be spent hiking to Wangditse Monastery. The hike starts from Radio tower. It is a 1-2 hours walk on a leveled trial amidst pine forests with great view of north Thimphu valley. On the way, you will also have an opportunity to see Takins – unique national that is found only in the Himalayas. You will hike back till road head at Radio tower where your vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to Thimphu. After lunch, you will drive to Paro. In the evening, you can visit Paro town. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 7 : Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch will be served at Cafeteria restaurant located up on the mountain. After having explored the monastery, you will have back to Paro. Evening visit a traditional farm house which offers opportunity to mingle with local people and to get an idea on their lifestyle. Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day 8 : Depature
Drive to Paro airport for flight to onward destination.

ACCOMMODATION


Hotel / Resort